Category Archives: Advocacy

#mito2014 Mitochondrial Symposium Top 10 Takeaways

Top 10 Takeaways from the UMDF 2014 Mitochondrial Disease Symposium in Pittsburgh PA, June 6-8, 2014   1. Scientific Meeting- Leonid Sazanov presented specifically on the structure of complex 1. He commented also on how the well-known cplx 1 inhibitor ROTENONE  (pesticide) works. I was … Continue reading

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A Consumer’s Reflections on #ACMGmtg 2014

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the American College of Genetics and Genomics meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.  This opportunity was made available to me through a travel grant application I submitted through the regional genetics collaborative that I have … Continue reading

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#1min4mito Week 7: Mitochondrial DNA defects vs. Nuclear DNA defects

(please forgive us, we are still trying to catch up!! :) This is an important clarification! Many in the medical field hear the word mitochondrial disease and automatically assume that the disease came from the mother and that the genetic … Continue reading

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#1min4mito Week 5: Mito presents at Any Age

“Mitochondrial Disorders may present at ANY AGE” This information comes from The National Center for Biotechnology Information: Gene Reviews: Mitochondrial Disorders Overview. More resources: “Both pediatric and adult-onset mitochondrial disease can range from mild to severe and can involve more than … Continue reading

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#1min4mito Week 4: Pregnancy Loss and Mito

“A high incidence of mid- and late pregnancy loss is also a common feature that often remains unrecognized (in mitochondrial disease)” This information comes from The National Center for Biotechnology Information: Gene Reviews: Mitochondrial Disorders Overview. and more info can be … Continue reading

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#1min4mito Week 3: Primary Mitochondrial Disorders

Many individuals (both young and old) suffer from various forms of mitochondrial disease, these range in severity and health impact for each individual. If I have learned one thing about mito… it is that NO TWO mito patients are alike. … Continue reading

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#1min4mito Week 2: Somatization and Mitochondrial Dysfunction

This week’s mito minute focuses on Somatization Symptomology and Mitochondrial Dysfunction, and the link between the two. We have discussed this topic at Babyfoodsteps before, and you can read a more in-depth commentary here. But for the sake of keeping this … Continue reading

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#1min4mito Week 1: Psychotropic Medications and Mitochondrial Toxicity

Please take #1min4mito and share this post! This quote was taken from this correspondance in reply to this journal article in Nature Reviews: Neuroscience titled: Impaired mitochondrial function in psychiatric disorders. Editor’s Note: Another publication that explains the mito toxicity … Continue reading

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#1min4mito in 2014

Nearing the end of 2013, Mitochondrial Disease was thrust into the international media spotlight, under the most unfortunate and controversial of circumstances: a custody battle over 15-year-old Mitochondrial Patient, Justina Pelletier, the state of Massachusetts, her parents, and Boston Children’s … Continue reading

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What is Somatoform Disorder?

If you are part of the mitochondrial disease community, there is no doubt that in the past few weeks you have heard the news of Justina Pelletier, a 15 year old girl who was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease by a … Continue reading

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